Human life begins at conception

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This is regarding the letter "In support of Planned Parenthood" by Dr. Emily A. Kane, on Jan. 20.

Contrary to Kane's letter, human life begins at conception. This was established 120 years ago by Wilhelm His, the father of human embryology. Medically speaking, the fetus is not a "potential child" but a child with potential - a potential that I think Planned Parenthood would like to destroy.

There is also no evidence to suggest that "the planet's major problem is overpopulation" or that "abstinence only" programs "do not reduce" teen sexuality."

While women, like men, may have the right to control their own bodies, it is a medical fact that the human fetus is not a part of the mother's body. It is its own unique human person with its own DNA. Kane speaks of the trauma women go through who do not want their baby, but she ignores the trauma experienced later in life by women who regret having had an abortion. She also fails to mention the trauma of the unwanted and unknown child who is innocently butchered during the abortion process.

On a superficial level, one may be convinced that legalized abortion has not changed much in our private lives and in our society. It all takes place in the silence of an operating room, which ensures the woman's safety. It is as if the fetus has never existed. But there are no small murders.

The respect for every human life is an essential condition if a societal life worthy of the name is to be possible. When man's conscience loses respect for life as something sacred, he inevitably ends by losing his own identity.

Planned Parenthood, which promotes abortion (murder) under the guise of compassion, should not be allowed to gain a foothold in Juneau. Your own child's very life may depend on this decision.

Paul Kokoski

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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